Book One of Twelve Dancing Princesses Series (pub 2009)
Blurb (from author’s website)
“Returning home from the war, young Galen finds work with his mother’s family in the royal gardens. There he learns that the king’s twelve daughters have a secret: every night they dance their shoes to tatters, but no one knows how or why. When prince after prince tries and fails to find the answer, and the family is haunted by accusations of witchcraft, Galen decides to help. Armed with a pair of silver knitting needles and an invisibility cloak given to him by a strange old woman, he follows the princesses and unlocks the secret of their curse.”
From the first chapter, I was fascinated by Galen’s gift of an invisibility cloak from a stranger and how he would use it in the story. It’s easy to bond with Galen as he makes his way home from the war and finds work in the King’s garden. Jessica Day George does a great job of unfolding the story and using pacing to her advantage, compelling the reader to learn the secrets of the dancing princesses. She does a great job of creating a world that is believable and interesting, with just the right amount of magic and intrigue. The story is one part fantasy and one part mystery.
It’s a fun read for anyone who enjoys YA. – Courtney